We have all known people like this in our life. Most of them I can get rid of in a hurry, but no matter how hard you try one will sneak back in from time to time. Who knows maybe they will be reading the post this morning.
Jesus told his next story to some who were complacently pleased with themselves over their moral performance and looked down their noises at the common people "Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, and the other a tax man. The Pharisee posed and prayed like this: "Oh, God, I thank you that I am not like other people - robbers, crooks, adulterers, or heaven forbid, like this tax man. I fast twice a week and tithe on all my income."
"Meanwhile, the tax man, slumped in the shadows, his face in his hands, not daring to look up, said, 'God, give me mercy, a sinner.'"
Jesus commented, "This tax man, not the other, went home made right with God If you walk around with your nose in the air, you're going to end up flat on your face, but if you're content to be simply yourself, you will become more than yourself."
People brought babies to Jesus, hoping he might touch them. When the disciples saw it, they shooed them off. Jesus called them back. "Let these children alone. Don't get between them and me. These children are the kingdom's pride and joy. Mark this: Unless you accept God's kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you'll never get in."
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